A 30-year tenure as a CEO in financial services is nothing short of remarkable. When he reached this anniversary, Warren Stephens had already steered the firm Stephens Inc. through bull and bear markets, a technology revolution and unprecedented social change. He started from a single office in Little Rock and grew into a global firm with 26 locations, 890 employees, and leading businesses in investment banking, private equity, research, insurance and wealth management. We created a chorus of colleagues, clients, and friends, to recount how Mr. Stephens has remained true to the values on which the firm was founded 84 years ago – integrity, clients-first, and a commitment to long-term relationships.
When our nation’s preeminent public health foundation asked us to pack the impact of their 40-year history into one short film, we took a deep breath. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation can be credited – in whole, or in huge part – for things like launching the 9-1-1 system, the national fight against Big Tobacco, the advent of end-of-life care as a major medical field… just to name a few. We selected a small handful of essential voices to evoke the full scope of what RWJF has done to improve health in America. And we leveraged the Foundation’s extensive photo archives to bring the story’s rich themes to vivid life.
Stephens Inc.’s This is Capitalism series profiles men and women who, when faced with a major turning point, chose an independent course and thereby contributed significantly to the growth of the American economy. They share the same values and exhibit the independent spirit that built Stephens and continues to inspire its people.
Charles Edward “Chuck” Williams was the founder of the Williams-Sonoma company and author and editor of more than 100 books on the subject of cooking. This film chronicles his incredible life story, the origins of Williams-Sonoma and the legacy he left behind.